so Thanksgiving is exactly 2 weeks away (where has the time gone!) but I’m already thinking about slow roasted turkey. so I decided to do my own deconstructed version of the big bird and just focus on the wings. they are absolutely delectable. I think the trick is really in the preparation beforehand. so if you’re looking for a way to tantalize your palette before the official turkey day (and not worry about cooking an entire turkey), then these wings are for you. and the best part, they’re made in a crock pot! check out the recipe below (it’s a little time consuming, but for the most part — very easy!) and tell me if you make them. what’s your favorite Thanksgiving meal?
crockpot turkey wings
- 1/4 cup sea salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 lemons
- 3 turkey wings
- all purpose spice
- 1 onion
the night before cooking, wash and clean your turkey wings. place turkey wings in a gallon freezer bag. squeeze the juice of 3 lemons in over the turkey wings and make sure all 3 wings are covered (you can throw in the lemons in the bag like I do). now cover the wings with the salt and sugar and then fill the bag with cold water until full but can close. place wings in a safe container (just to ensure no leakage) and place in refrigerator overnight (or at least 8 hours).
after this overnight water bath, release the water and remove wings from bag and pat dry. season wings liberally with your favorite all purpose spice or seasoned salt and refrigerate for at least an hour. remove wings from the fridge and slice your onion. then place seasoned wings in crock pot (my pot is a 6-quart and could hold all 3 whole wings, you can cut them up as well) and cover with sliced onion. cover and set to HIGH. cook wings for 6-8 hours (depending on your crock pot – mine took almost 7 hours) turning them over occasionally during the process. note: the wings release enough juices for gravy so need to add additional liquid.
once finished, let your wings rest for at least 20 minutes. taste to see if more salt is needed. then enjoy them with some mashed potatoes and fresh spinach and you have yourself a personal pre-Thanksgiving meal (like I did!). 😉